27:15.46S 175:03.35E On the way to New Zeeland

Eric Alfredson
Tue 10 Oct 2017 18:48
South Pacific Ocean Wednesday Oct 11, 2017.
Hello Lisanski friends,
We are now more than half way between Fiji and New Zeeland. The trip started with strong winds around 20-25 knots and we made a good distance of 195 NM the first day. The sea was a bit rough and it was uncomfortable to move around on board. After the first 1 1/2 days the wind dropped and we had a very comfortable sail for a while until the wind died completely. We have now motored for two full days in very weak or no winds at all. We have tried to sail now and then but the wind has been too weak and veered to the south so we have it against us at the moment. We expect better winds later during the day.
Life on board is very comfortable. We are fishing, so far without luck, cooking good food, playing cards, reading books etc. We have made a few stops for swimming as well.
The weather is very nice and sunny but it is slowly getting colder. Long trousers at night and duvets in the beds. Something we have not had in a long time.
We are aiming at making landfall at Opua on the North Island and are expecting to get there in about 3-3 1/2 days as we still have 475 Nm to go.
Best regards from the Lisanski crew, Eric, Arthur, Anja, Peter and Marta.